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UPDATE: Bangkok protesters mass at the front of Government House, earlier PM addresses nation

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PHOTO: Earlier this evening the protesters gathered at the Victory Monument before heading to Government House - Facebook/Free Youth

UPDATE: The protesters announced that the rally would end and disperse peacefully at 9.35pm. They wrapped up the gathering after delivering a symbolic letter of demand for the prime minister’s resignation at the front of Government House. Apart from some earlier scuffles with police around 7pm, there were no major incidents this evening.

EARLIER: Happening at Bangkok’s Government House around 9pm…

Protesters started arriving around 7.30pm, again demanding the PM’s resignation, and even had a letter prepared for him to sign, PM Prayut was not at Government Hose at the time. Protesters continued to amass at the front of Government House after breaking through a police cordon at Urupong Intersection. Earlier they gathered at the Victory Monument roundabout (and BTS station).

Police have blocked off the entrance to Government House with 2 public buses, barbed wire and police dressed in riot gear that have been shipped in from Saraburi Province. Protesters are already preparing for a potential confrontation and are dressing in raincoats, hardhats, goggles and armed with umbrellas, presumably in anticipation of another spray from the water cannons. They continue to shout “Prayut, get out!” Protest leaders are also calling on the growing crowd to remain “chilled” and not resort to violence.

“If he won’t resign, we won’t go home.”

Behind the 2 buses there are also the high powered water cannons which were used against protesters last Friday night at the Prathunwan intersection in central Bangkok. Despite the calls for the continuation of a peaceful protest, both sides appear ready for some conflict this evening. Earlier protesters were demanding the release of some of the movement leaders who continue to be arrested with an array of charges, some still in detention in prisons north of the city.

The Prime Minister appeared on television tonight at 7pm and committed to the Thai people to help resolve the current impasse between the widening protest movement and the Government. He went on to say that his government “is prepared to withdraw emergency rules banning large gatherings in Bangkok” if the growing protest movement “remains peaceful”.

“At this point, we all need to take a step back, to step back from the brink, away from the path that would plunge Thailand into disaster.”

PM Prayut did no address the issue of the demands for his resignation.

An emergency session of Parliament has been scheduled for next Monday and Tuesday where opposition parties say they will challenge the government coalition to address the demands of the protesters, including the tetchy issue of reforming the role of the Thai monarchy.

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    Al

    Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 9:25 pm

    Keep it peaceful as have been done so far. If there are any agent provocateurs sliding in amongst them, they will do their best to kick off anything to provide bad press from the usual presstitute TV and websites.
    Anybody starts making trouble move away from them and point the culprits out to the cops. Take photos videos for back up.
    Good luck to the righteous protesters! 😉

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    murika

    Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    this time could be the last chance for Thailand to get rid of dictatorship and vote their entry back into democracy, as an expat living here for 13 years, i also think of myself giving a last chance for Thailand to get out of hell, if it don’t happen in the next couple of years, I’ll sell my house and move, i can’t live happy in such a state corrupt environment, we need justice and equal chance for all, not this daily lies and shameful farce of government, Thailand could become the best place in the world with the right people in charge, or it could turn much much worst with the same one in power

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      B.T.

      Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 2:07 am

      You are ight,but unfortunately Thailand history is full of bad things.The feudal clans want status quo.Military and police are small tools .They can loot a bit but will maintain feudal order at all costs.
      Hope it is last time…

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        TS

        Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 8:03 am

        As long as the army is instructed by ___ to back Thailand’s beloved dictator, he’ll hang tuff. When he’s told to leave, another appointed ‘temporary’ suit will take over. You know, to maintain ‘peace and order’ for the good of the country.

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    How long can this PM continue to ignore these calls to go?
    Either resign or call a government election.
    Otherwise you will suffer a corruption charge, post bail, keep your passport, and escape to join the Thaxins.

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    preesy chepuce

    Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 11:01 pm

    “It’s the economy, stupid”; people have no work, and no hope, so they protest. There are no bread and circuses to keep them distracted. Violence on the streets of Bangkok is bad for the economy, tourism, and investment.

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    John

    Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 12:39 am

    Red shirts(communists) vs yellow shirts(royalists). Thailand better realize what’s happening, and crush the the western backed commies just like China did in HK.

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      Somtam

      Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 3:09 pm

      You are saying that China – a country with communist government – crushed western backed communists in Hongkong? Interesting logic, to say the least.

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    Sam

    Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 5:17 am

    What goes around comes around. PM O’Chan used to ask Taksin to resign, and now it is his turn…

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    brian

    Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 8:59 am

    The footage of ‘yellow shirt’ troops arriving in lorries then lining up in ranks was hilarious, just how stupid do they think people are? At least they could look like a crowd, they need new leaders as well!

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    Fabian

    Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 9:01 am

    “Let us respect the law and parliamentary democracy'”, said Prayut while addressing the nation yesterday. That means just one thing: he should resign. That’s the only way to respect the democracy.

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